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Handling Residential Real Estate Transactions in Massachusetts

Your best guide for doing the deal

618 pages in 1 volume (printed book)
4th Edition 2017
© 2017 MCLE, Inc.
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This trusted resource since 1997 offers essential guidance for handling a residential real estate transaction in Massachusetts from start to finish. Practitioners experienced in the residential real estate field take you through all the details—from the initial meeting with your client to the closing table, and every step along the way. Understand the nuts and bolts of the purchase and sale agreement, financing, home inspections and environmental issues, title insurance, and deeds.

Recent updates:

  • Update: March 2017

    Dear Subscriber:

    Thank you for keeping your practice library up-to-date with the 2017 revised edition of Handling Residential Real Estate Transactions in Massachusetts. Some of the many new topics covered in the book include

    • the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule,
    • the Massachusetts Stretch Code, which requires that municipalities adopt advanced energy conservation codes for buildings,
    • 2015 Mass. Acts c. 141 (known as the "Ibañez" statute),
    • Pinti v. Emigrant Mortgage, Co., 472 Mass. 226 (2015), and
    • the various types of tax liens that the Commonwealth can impose on real property.

    We at MCLE trust that you will find this updated material useful in your daily practice and valuable in keeping your real estate law library current.


    Alexis J. LeBlanc, Esq., MCLE Publications Attorney

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 - Overview of the Attorney’s Role (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 2 - The Contracts: The Offer to Purchase and the Purchase and Sale Agreement (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 3 - Financing a Residential Real Estate Transaction (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 4 - Due Diligence: Home Inspections and Environmental and Land Use Law (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 5 - Title Examinations and Title Issues (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 6 - Title Insurance Basics (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 7 - Deeds (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 8 - Closings (Buy Chapter)
Chapter 9 - Ethical Issues for Real Estate Lawyers (Buy Chapter)
Appendix - Land Court Guidelines on Registered Land (Buy Chapter)


Kathleen M. O'Donnell, Esq., Law Office of Kathleen M. O'Donnell, Milton


Maria Vijil Davis, Esq., Vijil Davis LLC, Wellesley
Ruth A. Dillingham, Esq., First American Title Insurance Company, Yarmouth Port
Lynne Murphy Breen, Esq., Chicago/Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Boston
Philip B. Posner, Esq., Law Office of Philip B. Posner, Concord
Martha L. Prizio, Esq., Hudkins Law PLLC, Windham
Joel A. Stein, Esq., Law Office of Joel A. Stein, Norwell



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